20 Countries With Digital Nomad Visas in 2022

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Are you looking for a place to become a digital nomad? If so, you’re in luck!

There are many countries around the world that offer visas specifically for digital nomads. Digital normal visas allow people to stay in a specific country for longer than a tourist visa.

This means that you can work remotely or while traveling the world!

women standing near a sea shore

In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best countries for digital nomads and how to get a visa for each one.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next adventure today!

1. Portugal

beautiful place in Azenhas do mar in Sintra near Lisbon on a great sunset

Portugal is a popular location for digital nomads as well as other ex-pats that are looking for a place to live permanently abroad.

You can obtain a residence permit or a temporary resident visa.

These allow you to legally stay in the country for a year, but you’ll need to renew it each time, for a maximum of 5 years.

For those who want to make Portugal their permanent home, after 5 years, you’re able to apply for permanent residency.

2. Aruba

aruba tropical caribbean beach Aruba

Aruba is known for its breathtaking beaches and crystal clear waters.

It’s also a great place to live if you’re a digital nomad or location independent because they now offer the One Happy Workation visa.

This visa allows you to stay for a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 90 days. This is available for those with a U.S. passport.

You will need to purchase the mandatory Aruba visitor’s health insurance. Otherwise, this program comes with very few restrictions.

3. Cambodia

Angkor wat in cambodia

Cambodia is a great place for digital nomads because it’s affordable and has a lot of things to see and do. ‍

A 30-day E-class visa is required for extended stays in Cambodia. You can extend with either an “ordinary” or “business” EB visa after the 30 days are up.

For Digital Nomads, ex-pats, and freelancers, the EB business visa is ideal, since it is renewable, and you can extend it for up to 12 months at a time. Multiple entries are permitted only with a 6-month or 12-month extension.  

4. Indonesia

temple in indonesia

There is a specific Single Entry Visit Visa that allows digital nomads to stay in the province of Bali for up to 60 days.

Since it is a single entry visa, this means that you can’t leave and then come back into the country.

The visa is valid starting the first day you enter the country and can be renewed 30 days at a time 1 to 4 times.

5. New Zealand

south island new zealand

There are many visas available to digital nomads that want to move to New Zealand, such as the Working Holiday Visa.

It is valid for up to 23 months if you’re from the UK or Canada or 12 months for other nationalities. The age range of applicants must be between 18 years old and 35 years old – this differs on a country basis. 

This visa is available for people from many countries other than the United States, making it very accessible.

If you’re over the age of 35, check out other temporary visa options in the country.

6. Montserrat

montserrat mountain

Montserrat is a small, British Overseas Territory in the eastern Caribbean.

It is a great place for digital nomads because of its iconic beachy landscape, relaxed atmosphere, and its many co-working spaces.

There is a 12-month visa that is potentially renewable at the end of the year. You will need to earn at least $70,000 a year to qualify for this visa.

7. Dominica

rosseau, dominica

The beautiful island of Dominica is a great place for digital nomads. It’s known for its lush rain forests, incredible waterfalls, and pristine beaches.

There is a special visa that is available to digital nomads.

The Work in Nature Visa allows you to stay for a generous 18 months. You will be expected to earn $50,000 during the time that you are residing in the country.

8. Sri Lanka

highland tea plantations in srilanka

An ex-pat visa option was recently introduced in Sri Lanka, designed specifically for Digital Nomads, that allows them to live and work in the country for up to one year.

Details of the visa are still being discussed by the government.

Until then, travelers seeking to stay for an extended period of time can apply for a Sri Lanka ETA, good for 30 days, upon arrival in the country.

Visitors are allowed to extend the visa for 180 more days.

9. Belize

the ancient maya archeological site named caracol in belize

Belize is a great place for digital nomads and it offers a Work Where You Vacation Visa.

You will need to prove that you earn $75,000 as an individual or $100,000 as a couple or family, to submit travel insurance, and provide a clean criminal record.

This visa is valid for a minimum of 180 days and can be extended.

10. Crete

harbour and venetian fortress in sitia town crete

Crete is a beautiful island in Greece. Up to 100 applicants from outside the EU may apply for a Digital Nomad Visa in Cyprus.

The visas are valid for a year, after which they can be renewed for two more. The minimum income requirement is $3,963 per month, along with health insurance and a clean criminal record.

11. Panama

panama city skyline at dusk

For those with a valid contract with a company outside of Panama or freelancing with an annual income of over $36,000, a Digital Nomad visa is available.

There is a $250 application fee and a $50 issuance fee. There is a possibility of extending this visa for another nine months.

12. Taiwan

chiang kai shek memorial hall taipei taiwan

Taiwan does not have a visa specifically geared towards digital nomads, but it does offer the Gold Card, a work permit that lasts for an unlimited amount of time.

The cost varies from $100 to $310 depending on nationality and duration.

A monthly income of at least $5700 or a high level of skill or accomplishments in one of their eight selected industries is required.

13. Seychelles

beach chairs on tropical beach seychelles

Seychelles is an African Island archipelago located in the Indian Ocean.

It is known for its beaches, coral reefs, and nature reserves. Seychelles has a visa specifically designed for digital nomads called the Seychelles Workcation Program.

The visa seems fairly easy to obtain and requires a passport, some proof of income, and travel and medical insurance. The visa costs $67 to apply for.

14. Cabo Verde

buracona in sal island cape verde cabo verde

Cabo Verde is a country in West Africa. It’s known for its islands, beaches, and music festivals. Cabo Verde created a new digital nomad visa that allows visitors to live and work in the country for up to one year at a time.

Remote workers from Europe, North America, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, and the Economic Community of West African States were targeted for this program.

Visas last up to six months and are renewable for another six months.  

15. Costa Rica

toucan costa rica

The government of Costa Rica grants a temporary resident certificate under the category of “rentista” to foreign nationals willing to immigrate to the country if they can prove that they will make a regular monthly income of at least $2,500 from a guaranteed source for two years.

Usually, this requirement can be met by making a deposit of US$60,000 at a local bank and obtaining a commitment letter that at least US$2,500 will be provided monthly.

The amount includes dependents, such as a spouse and children.

16. Norway

aurora borealis over mountains in fishing village norway

A non-EU state, but a member of the Schengen Area, Norway has a unique visa for digital nomads who wish to relocate to the Svalbard islands.

Norway’s digital nomad visa remains valid for the entirety of the traveler’s life.

The Independent Contractor visa, on the other hand, is designed for self-employed individuals who want access to the country for up to 2 years. You’ll require an income of $42.239 per year to qualify.

17. Malta

malta big church at sunset

Malta is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily.

The country offers an attractive Digital Nomad Residence Permit for those who want to be near Europe and Africa.

Permits are issued for one year and may be renewed once the applicant meets the eligibility criteria set forth by Residency Malta.

Those planning on staying for less than a year will be issued a National Visa for the duration of their stay.

18. Dubai

dubai city by night

Dubai launched its remote work and travel visa in 2020. It is valid for remote workers earning at least the equivalent of $5000USD per month

The visa program entitles you to everything a Dubai resident has including access to schools, the ability to rent a home, telecoms, and utilities. The application fee currently stands at $611.

Additionally, you’ll need medical insurance that is valid in the UAE – which can be switched to local insurance once your visa is approved, a passport that is valid for at least six months, and proof of employment.

Besides being a safe place to travel to, Dubai has a great digital infrastructure for remote workers.

19. Iceland

aerial view reykjavik iceland

If you’re earning a higher annual income, Iceland may be an option for obtaining a remote work visa.

It will require an annual income of at least $80,000 and this visa can last for up to 180 days.

20. Estonia

tallinn city estonia

There has never been a visa designed specifically for digital nomads before – a visa tailored specifically to the needs of digital nomads!

In August of 2020, Estonia introduced its digital nomad visa, allowing digital nomads to live and work in this progressive country for a year.

In fact, Estonia is one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world.

The country already has a very unique program called e-residency, which lets people establish EU-based businesses online from anywhere in the world.  

Final Thoughts

While there are so many new opportunities for digital nomad visas, even more of them are on the way!

Counties across the world have realized that the digital nomad community is a valuable resource and are looking for ways to attract them. There’s never been a better time to be a digital nomad!

These visas are also a great option for families that want to live abroad because they are often longer-term than tourist visas and require certain securities such as health care, making them more stable for those looking to set up a temporary home abroad.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your next move! As the world becomes increasingly more connected, the number of countries with visas specifically designed for digital nomads will only continue to grow.

So start a list and jot down your favorite destinations for remote work.

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